The Scorpion: 15 Interesting Facts (Part 2)

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We brought you part one of this list of facts about this amazingly resilient creature of the animal kingdom, the scorpion. Now we are back with part two of the list.

Number Eight: They Can Control Their Metabolism

These creatures can survive for up to an entire year with no food. This is because they have the ability to slow down their metabolism when they know they won’t be coming across something to eat for a while.

Number Seven: The Scorpion Can Handle Extreme Cold

Typically, you think of scorpions existing in hot climates, which is true for the most part (they mostly exist in places with temperatures ranging from 68 to 99 degrees F). You might be surprised, however, to learn that they can also be frozen overnight and live.

Number Six: They Have Bad Eyesight

This might be surprising since they usually have up to 12 eyes, but scorpions have pretty bad vision. They survive relying on their sense of smell and vibrations, and use these senses for hunting.

Number Five: They Don’t Actually Sting Themselves to Death

There’s a myth out there that the scorpion commits suicide by stinging itself when surrounded by fire. This is not actually true, and their venom actually has no effect on themselves.

Number Four: The Scorpion Has External Digestion

For this reason, they can only ingest food in its liquid form. The digestive liquids are egested onto their food and then sucked into fluid form.

Number Three: Scorpions Can Survive a Nuclear Attack

Similar to the cockroach, these creatures are good at reflecting harmful radiation. This means that their likelihood of surviving a nuclear attack is very high compared to other animals.

Number Two: The Stinger Is Only Used as a Last Resort

Typically they prefer to use their pincers for subduing prey. This is because their venom takes over a week to regenerate after they use their stinger.

Number One: 100,000 Times Stronger than Cyanide

Some scorpion poisons are many times more powerful than cyanide. The amount administered in a sting is not usually very big, though. We hope you enjoyed part two of our list of fascinating facts about scorpions.

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